This is my fouth year hunting turkey's and for the fourth year I am having the same problem. I spend a lot of time in the woods on public land near Winnsboro. After deer season is over I squirrel hunt this area. I've got the winter pattern for turkeys pretty much pinned down. Opening day I was in the middle of five gobblers within 1/4 mile. Missed the closest one as he took to a hen right.... Read More
The bass are starting to bed on Lake Keowee, but according to the tournament anglers fishing the March of Dimes Bass Tournament, the fish are still tough to catch.
Ray Stuart of Anderson won the March of Dimes Tournament with 17.09 pounds and the big fish of 5.42 pounds. Stuart said that he caught several bass on the lower part of the lake with a chartreuse/white spinnerbait by casting to.... Read More
Casey Ashley from Donalds loves to sing as much as he loves to fish, and his favorite song right now is “This Magic Moment.” Ashley won the FLW Tour Majors on Lake Hartwell and netted $100,000 for his effort.
It was a magic week for Ashley starting out on Day 1 with 21-7 pounds and a fifteen-pound plus bag every day of the tournament. Ashley came into Day 4 with almost a ten pound lead,.... Read More
Casey Ashley from Donalds leads the pro anglers for the third day at the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell.
With another great day, Ashley weighed-in another good sack of fish of 15-7 pounds (5) and has a three-day total of 52-11 pounds (5). Ashley outdistanced his closest competitor, Clent Davis of Montevallo, AL, by almost ten pounds.
Because of a three hour fog delay, Ashley said that.... Read More
Casey Ashley of Donalds brought in another good bag of five fish weighing 15-13 pounds to continue his lead at the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell. This gives Ashley a two-day total of 37-04 pounds and almost a three pound edge over John Cox of Debary, Florida.
Friday’s anglers were greeted at take-off with horrendous weather which consisted of blustery winds and cold rain. Anglers struggled to.... Read More
FLW pro angler Casey Ashley started off Day 1 of the FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell by singing the National Anthem. Ashley ended the day by finishing number 1 with five bass weighing 21-07 pounds.
Ashley from Donalds was not alone in sharing top ten honors with two other South Carolina pros. Jason Quinn from Rock Hill was fourth with five bass weighing 18-09 pounds, and Barton Aiken from.... Read More
The FLW pros have practiced for three days on Lake Hartwell, but all they can talk about is “fishing lousy weather” on the opening days of the tournament.
“Fishing lousy weather” may consist of cold rains, howling winds, and 30 degree temperatures for the opening days of the tournament. It will definitely separate the fair weather fishermen from the hardcore anglers in a.... Read More
The tournament anglers fishing on Lake Hartwell report that the bass are still in the prespawn mode, but the good news is that the fish are starting to move up into shallow water.
Anglers are finding fish on the ledges of creek channels and on humps out in deep water in the mornings anywhere from 20-40 feet deep. They are hooking these fish on Carolina rigs with finesse type worms in.... Read More
Joe Birchfield of Hendersonville, NC and Chuck Harrison of Brevard, NC won the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit tournament on Lake Hartwell on February 16 with a five-fish limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces.
Birchfield and Harrison said that they caught their fish off a point before 9:00 am on a ½ ounce homemade jigging spoon. The winning team netted $5,200 which included $4,000 in.... Read More
Even though it was a “tough day” of fishing with howling winds and bluebird skies, Roger Padgett of Travelers Rest was still able to pull in the winning fish at the February Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament.
Pagett’s brown trout weighed-in at 3.72 pounds and was caught in the Toxaway River. Pagett said that he caught the fish while trolling in 45 feet of water on a #2 flat brass.... Read More
For most of the anglers fishing the BFL Savannah River Division Tournament on Lake Keowee, it was a tough day on the lake, but for Mick Rhinehart of Pelzer, it was “a pretty good day.”
Rhinehart had a five fish limit for a total weight of 16-07 pounds, plus the big fish of the tournament weighing in at 8-09 pounds. Rhinehart netted $4315, plus $610 for the big bass, and an extra $1000.... Read More
Even with the extreme weather that Upstate fishermen have experienced, Lake Hartwell anglers are catching a variety of fish. The key is picking your fishing days when the weather is tolerable and fishing the creeks.
“They are killing the crappie on Lake Hartwell,” according to Randy Childers of Lake Hartwell Fishing & Marine in Anderson. 'Anglers are catching crappie in the creeks.... Read More
With weather getting colder and colder, the trout fishing on Lake Jocassee keeps getting better and better. Just ask Evans Lalas of Charlotte who hauled in a 5.80 pound brown trout to win the January Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament.
Lalas said it was a tough day of fishing because the trout keep hitting short, and he kept missing fish. Around 11:00, while fishing the Three Rivers.... Read More
“We got lucky and won!” said Brad McCall of Anderson with his partner Mike Durham of Liberty about winning the Hartwell Cat Chasers Tournament on Lake Hartwell Jan. 4. The team had three catfish that weighed 98.45 pounds and the big cat weighed-in at 38.95 pounds.
While others were carping about “nearly freezing to death” and frozen equipment not working, the winning anglers were not.... Read More
It’s hard to believe, but it’s a crankbait bass bite on Lake Keowee. Just ask Eric Martin of Seneca and Brock Taylor from Pendleton who weighed-in 19.06 pounds and a big fish of 6.99 pounds at the B &T New Year’s “Eve” Tournament.
From the results of recent Keowee tournaments, winning anglers were bringing in fifteen to twenty pound bags to get a check. These money winning anglers.... Read More
Jeff Bridges of Indian Trial, NC, won the Jocassee Outdoor Center Trout Tournament with the winning trout weighing-in at 4.42 pounds on Saturday, December 21.
Bridges caught his winning brown while trolling 25 feet deep with a copper/silver Sutton #44 spoon. Bridges said that he and his partner caught 15 trout that day, and five were “keepers.” “The trout fishing is just now starting to.... Read More
Derrill Hiott - 7 Pointer taken in Greenwood County on Abbewood Hunting Club. I was just about to shoot a very large doe, when i saw her turn and look away as if something was coming. about 5 seconds later this boy comes trotting towards her. He is now being mounted! Fortunately i was able to capture him on my Moultrie Trail Cam and knew that he and another larger buck was in the area.
The Upland bird hunting has been excellent with temperatures in the 40's and 50's, Dogs can get out there and stretch their legs and RUN. A full day of tromping around in the brush is a great way to get out and get some exercise at the same time.
Coveys are hard to find these days, but if you are persistent and go where the quail are, you will scare up a covey rise.
Black River Plantation
Hunt the low country of South Carolina on the land that Francis Marion used to fool the British in 1776. This is true low country wilderness, loaded with deer, turkey, wild boar, and waterfowl. We enjoy one of the earliest deer seasons in the nation. Big